Thatscricket - News - Selectors to discuss Ganguly's plea on rotation
Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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New Delhi: India may soon adopt the Australian system of rotating players in Limited Overs cricket if captain Saurav Ganguly's views are accepted by the national selectors.Ganguly was quoted in media reports from Zimbabwe as agreeing with his Australian counterpart, Steve Waugh, that rotation policy serves better in the present scenario of non-stop cricket.Ganguly thinks this method will not only ease pressure on key players, but also help India prepare better for the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.Australia, the current world champions, rest top players occasionally in Limited Overs cricket to give fringe players a chance to show their wares.The Indian selectors will discuss Ganguly's suggestion when they pick the squad for the Limited Overs tri-series against Sri Lanka and New Zealand starting in Colombo on July 18."When the captain talks, you listen," selector Ashok Malhotra told AFP. "We will consider his views. Our job is to pick 14 players, it is upto the team management to decide whom to play."Ganguly feared that players' form and fitness could be a casualty during a hectic 14-month international schedule, in which India will play 22 Tests and a maximum of 41 One-dayers."A rotation policy on the lines of Australian cricket team could help reduce burden on the players," Ganguly was quoted as saying. He added the rotation policy will also help to prepare a squad of 16 or 17 players for the next World Cup."They (players) can grow in confidence only if they perform in the middle," Ganguly said.Waugh said a rotation policy will help in the long run. "We want a base of 16 or more players who we can rely on to play for Australia, if need be, in the World Cup," the Australian captain said recently."The way you do that is to give a few guys opportunities. In the short term, you may lose a few games, but we are looking to the longer term."India went the Australian way during the ongoing triangular series in Zimbabwe.Debashis Mohanty, reduced to the role of a spectator for a major part of the tour, was given a chance along with fellow-seamer Harvinder Singh after India had qualified for the final. And both of them gave a good account of themselves in their first outing, against the West Indies, when they shared five wickets. Similarly, India tried to find a talented middle-order batsman by opting for youngsters Dinesh Mongia and Virender Sehwag.The rotation policy was strongly backed by Indian pace spearhead Javagal Srinath, who opted out of the Zimbabwe tri-series to rest for the Test matches ahead."We have to realise soon that we cannot push the same set of bowlers and expect them to keep doing well. With the amount of cricket being played these days, it is very important we protect the bowlers from the burn-out factor," Srinath said.